The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for this weekend’s 300-lap event. It’s a visit that couldn't come at a better time for Clint Bowyer.
The Michael Waltrip Racing driver has multiple wins at the mile oval (September 2010 and September 2007). And in July he led 36 laps and had a shot at the win when he restarted third for a green-white-checkered finish. But a competitor ran out of gas in front of him coming to the green, shuffling him back to sixth place at the finish.
Bowyer knows his No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota is capable of winning. He’s done it before. He can do it again at New Hampshire.
“At any kind of short track you’ve got to roll the center of the corner, be able to get into the corner and pull the wheel. If you’re loose in you can’t go anywhere. But if you can get it to roll the center, the corners are so long, you’ve got be able to roll the center and in doing so you may get yourself too loose in, so there’s definitely a balancing act. The key for me is keeping that thing as free as possible. The corners there are not really that much different. Getting into 3 is a little bumpier and you can tend to overdrive it if you aren’t careful. It’s a fun track. We were a top-three car there earlier. I expect we will be again.”
Brian Pattie, Crew Chief No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota
“We had a shot at winning last time we were in New Hampshire. We started inside row and got stuck behind a guy who ran out of gas and got shuffled back. Clint typically runs really well there. Qualifying is obviously very important there and a good strategy.”